solidified fences and welcome some cows and their calves on our pastures. We then designed a solar system allowing us to live off-grid. We built a shop with living quarters so we could move full time on the farm in the Summer of 2013. We planted thousand more trees (hazelnuts and other nuts, fruits, wind shelters, hard & soft), build key line, small swale & berm to manage water on the land, trying to mimic what mother nature does and establish self-sustainable systems. In the meantime we had purchased in Alberta one heritage Chantecler hen, a few chicks and hatched fertile eggs shipped from Quebec. We started growing hundreds of asparagus, welcomed bees to help with pollination of our trees and our garden, as we seed one every year. We also had been working on adding a medium size type of animal to our farm management system. As Tyler did not want to raise something he does not appreciate eating my suggestion for goats or sheeps was rejected. Pastured pigs it was! It could have been easier from there but we (ok, more I) had specific characteristics I was looking for. Aiming to be as self-sufficient as possible, I wanted the pig breed choosen to be a lard type to supply our family with pure fat to use for cooking, frying and baking. I also wanted an heritage breed that was docile, a good forager, well suited for our climate and to withstand diseases, with the potential
potential to produce nutrient dense meat. We also knew we were entering a niche market with pastured raised pigs and needed to differentiate ourselves. After narrowing it down to a few breeds we finally chose the Mangalitsa. It has been a wonderful decision, they are a dream to work with... and to eat! We hope you can enjoy them as much as we do!
Malorie & family
My husband and I came to Alberta from Eastern Canada a few years after completing our Ag degree. We had nothing but student loan debts and were determined to follow our dream to own a farm and raise our family on it. After working in Southern and Central Alberta and having three boys, we finally bought our land in 2010. We were very excited to have a big blank slate to start with. In our own way we are pioneers homesteading 153 acres of land. We pulled our sleeves up (and then down as there were lots of mosquitoes that year) and we planted trees,